GOD SAID IT. I BELIEVE IT. THAT SETTLES IT

downloadPerhaps you have seen or heard this declaration of faith in God’s Word. As good as it may sound, it falls short of what ought to be said, ”God said it; that settles it, whether I believe it or not.” This certainly describes more accurately the true nature of God’s Word and the faith we are to have in it. The Psalmist declared, “Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens…All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal…May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous” (Psalm 119:89, 160, 172).

Each time we study the Bible we should realize that we have access to “the mind of the Lord, the mind of Christ” through “words taught by the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:16, 13). “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19).

When we are inclined to disagree with any part of God’s Word, we need to remember that “…a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). When Paul resisted the Word and railed against the church, he was hurting himself (Acts 9:5; 1 Timothy 1:13). To resist the truth is folly (2 Timothy 3:8-9). If we refuse to do the will of the Father, Jesus will say in judgment, “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers” (Matthew 7:23). God’s spiritual blessings are pronounced only upon those who hear, believe, and obey His Word (Matthew 7:21).  David Wade, Southwest church of Christ, Ada, OK

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